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What's On in February

30 January 2017

Area of Outstanding Beauty – The Northern Coast is Captured in all of its Windswept Glory in February Exhibition February at the Linen Hall sees the launch of Light of the Antrim Coast, an art exhibition by David Speers focusing on the internationally renowned beauty of the Antrim coast. Sharing top billing, local theatre troupe PintSized Productions makes a return with two days of readings from influential Northern Ireland playwrights on 10 and 11 February. The February...

Linen Hall’s Powerful Political Posters Now Accessible as Free Educational iBook

13 January 2017

Thanks to funding from the Department for Communities, the Linen Hall Library, in partnership with the Nerve Centre, has recently launched an educational iBook entitled Troubled Images – The Northern Ireland Troubles and Peace Process 1968 - 2016 by Gordon Gillespie. Aimed at key stage 3 pupils, this interactive online resource provides the post-conflict generation with a non-biased narrative of the key events in Northern Ireland’s recent past through the medium of posters. The...

What's On in January

06 January 2017

WHO ARE THE JEWS IN IRISH LITERATURE? THE LINEN HALL LIBRARY EXPLORES IN JANUARY EXHIBITION The Linen Hall launches its 2017 cultural calendar of events by examining Jewishness in Irish literature through the ages with an exhibition entitled Representations of Jews In Irish Literature and series of talks. The musical magic of Linley Hamilton features as well in a special January event on Friday 13. The January schedule in chronological order:   Representations of Jews in...

Job Vacancy - Divided Society Sales & Marketing Officer

06 January 2017

THIS POST HAS NOW CLOSED!! SALES & MARKETING OFFICER (Closing date: Friday 16th June at 5.00pm)  Contract: 6 months from August 2017 Salary: £25k pro rata Hours of work: 18 hours per week Responsible to: Project Manager JOB PURPOSE: The Linen Hall Library has been awarded funding to digitise a section of its world renowned Northern Ireland Political Collection. The ‘Divided Society’ resource will be an online...

Linen Hall Bestows Honorary Membership on Four Exceptional People

15 December 2016

This week the Linen Hall Library formally bestowed Honorary Membership on four people who have given generously of their time and skills to ensure the continuing success of this wonderful organisation. They are: former staff and board member Jennifer Campbell, comedian Tim McGarry, actress Roma Tomelty and former board member Brian Walker. Director Julie Andrews said: "Without people like Jennifer, Tim, Roma and Brian, the Linen Hall Library would not be nearing its 229th year! These...

Director Julie Andrews Chosen to Sit on New NI Executive Advisory Panel

13 December 2016

Julie Andrews, Linen Hall Library Director, has been selected to sit on the NI Executive's Compact Civic Advisory Panel. The six-person panel was chosen by First Minister the Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. The advisers will consider specific strategic issues relevant to the Programme for Government and report to the Executive. Julie Andrews said: "I am honoured and very excited to have been chosen to join the NI Executive's Compact Civic...

Kevin Doyle Named Winner of the McLaverty Award

07 December 2016

Kevin Doyle is Named Winner of the Linen Hall Library 2016 Michael McLaverty Short Story Award Cork resident Kevin Doyle was today announced as the winner of the prestigious Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. Doyle received a cheque for £2,000, and his story ‘Lake Disappointment’ has been published in a limited-edition anthology entitled Lake Disappointment and Other Stories which is available to purchase exclusively in the Library. The two runners-up are...

Linen Hall Library is Awarded Museum Accreditation

02 December 2016

The Linen Hall Library is delighted to announce that it has been awarded museum accreditation by Arts Council England in partnership with the Northern Ireland Museums Council. The accreditation applies to three of the Library’s renowned collections: Burns and Burnsiana which is the largest collection of Robert Burns material and ephemera outside of Scotland; the Northern Ireland Political Collection which numbers around 350,000 items relating to the ‘Troubles’; and...

What's On in December

01 December 2016

LINEN HALL PLANS A MERRY DECEMBER WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS ‘Tis the month of Christmas, and the Linen Hall has a schedule of events focusing on fun. On Wednesday 7 December we announce the winner of the popular Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. Later in the month, on 15 December, eat, drink and be merry at our Victorian Christmas featuring a silver band and storyteller. And don’t forget to visit our gift shop to start the present-buying ball rolling! The December schedule...